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Kanji Information Sheet for 解  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

stroke order illustration  
English:
unravel
notes
key
explanation
understanding
untie
undo
solve
answer
cancel
absolve
explain
minute
On-Yomi:
カイ
Kun-Yomi:
と.く
と.かす
と.ける
ほど.く
ほど.ける
わか.る
さと.る
さとる
とけ
Bushu (Radical) Info: 角 (つの) – corner
Henshall Mnemonic: solve problem by cutting off cow's horn
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 5
Frequency: #176 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N3 Words

  • く   [とく]
    (v5k) to solve; to answer; to untie   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ける   [とける]
    (v1) to loosen   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいけつ]
    (n,vs) settlement; solution; resolution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいしゃく]
    (n,vs) explanation; interpretation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんかい]
    (n) opinion; point of view   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごかい]
    (n,vs) misunderstanding   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りかい]
    (n,vs) understanding; comprehension   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • く   [ほどく]
    (v5k) to unfasten   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいさん]
    (n,vs) breakup; dissolution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいせつ]
    (n,vs) explanation; commentary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいとう]
    (n,vs) answer; solution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいほう]
    (n,vs) release; unleashing; liberation; emancipation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんかい]
    (n) analysis; disassembly   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • ける   [ほどける]
    (v1) to come untied; to come apart   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいじょ]
    (n,vs) cancellation; rescinding; release; calling off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいぼう]
    (n) dissection; autopsy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいかい]
    (n,vs) correct; right; correct interpretation (answer, solution)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [べんかい]
    (n) explanation; justification; defence; excuse   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうかい]
    (n,vs) comprehension; consent; understanding; roger (on the radio)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • かす   [とかす]
    (v5s) (1) to comb out; (2) to melt   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • きほぐす   [ときほぐす]
    (v5s) (1) to disentangle; to unravel; (2) to relax someone   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいきん]
    (n) lifting a ban   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいこ]
    (n,vs) discharge; dismissal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいしょう]
    (n,vs) cancellation; liquidation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいせき]
    (n,vs) analysis   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいたい]
    (n,vs) dismantling   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいどく]
    (n,vs) deciphering; decoding   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいにん]
    (n,vs) dismissal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げねつ]
    (n) alleviation of fever   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいぼうがく]
    (n) anatomy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいめい]
    (n,vs) elucidation; explication   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいやく]
    (n) cancellation of contract   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • け   [ゆきどけ]
    (n,vs) snow thaw; thawing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なんかい]
    (adj-na,n) difficult   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふかかい]
    (adj-na,n) mystery; baffling; inexplicable; incomprehensible   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みかいけつ]
    (adj-na,n) unsettled; pending; unresolved   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようかい]
    (n) solution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わかい]
    (n) accommodation; compromise; mediation; reconciliation; settlement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
Find more details for at jisho.org, Yookoso! or WWWJDIC

Acknowledgments

The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.